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Best Practice for Teaching

Social studies"You can easily adapt these practical lessons for your own classroom. Each chapter shows how social studies can be tied to a multiplicity of disciplines, including history, geography, math, science, and technology." (Lindy G. Poling, Social Studies Department Chair 2008-01-04)
"Randi Stone has assembled an exciting collection of teaching methods to benefit all learners. The book brings together an esteemed group of teachers who are to be congratulated for sparking interest in a subject that is too often taught solely from a textbook." (Heather E. Robinson, Fifth-Grade Teacher 2008-01-11)
Randi Stone is the author of nine Corwin Press books: Best Practices for Teaching Reading: What Award-Winning Classroom Teachers Do, Best Practices for Teaching Social Studies: What Award-Winning Classroom Teachers Do, Best Practices for Teaching Writing: What Award-Winning Classroom Teachers Do, Best Practices for Teaching Mathematics: What Award-Winning Classroom Teachers Do, and Best Practices for Teaching Science: What Award-Winning Classroom Teachers Do. She is a graduate of Clark University, Boston University, and Salem State College. She completed her doctorate in education at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

Powerful Lesson Planning

Powerful lesson planningEvery teacher's goal is to create a rich instructional environment for their students, and thoughtful, informed lesson planning is a key element in that process. Janice Skowron's jump-start of a book offers novice and experienced teachers step-by-step, essential guidance in this challenging and oftentimes highly complex task. It brings into focus the decisions teachers face as they plan instruction and provides four progressively complex and nuanced models: basic, integrated, differentiated, and problem-based instruction. Descriptive information, numerous examples, and tools such as key questions, planning guides, and templates help educators develop proficiency in planning instruction.
This revised edition will:
Help teachers incorporate the best practices for lesson planning, Build the lesson-planning skills and repertoire of new teachers, Revitalize instruction for veteran teachers, Strengthen teachers' abilities to plan standards-based lessons, Help teachers focus on assessment in the initial phases of lesson planning
Powerful Lesson Planning will increase teachers' competence and confidence--and help them master the skills needed to advance their practice and improve learning for all students.

The Art of Teaching

The art of teachigThe noted classicist presents his educational methodology, within the context of history, from the Sophists to modern teaching.
This book is one of the best books on teaching that I have yet read. Highet's style is engaging and charming. As he meanders his way through various references to the Classics, personal anecdotes, and humorous stories to argue and elucidate each of his points, the reader is drawn in. It is difficult to put this book down.
Highet lays out in detail, with examples, and with practical guidance just what it takes to be a teacher; in short: an expert with a passion for both his subject and his students. Of particular interest to his reader was Highet's exploration of the methods of some of the greatest teachers in history (Jesus, Plato, and Aristotle, among others). I recommend this book to teachers and parents

You Are the Teacher

you are the teacherResolve classroom management challenges with more than 300 field-tested insights, tips, and strategies!
In the third edition of this bestseller, teacher, trainer, and keynote speaker Renee Rosenblum-Lowden and school counselor Felicia Lowden Kimmel offer beginning and experienced teachers an abundance of techniques for dealing with everyday classroom management issues. Blending their professional knowledge, common sense, and wit, the authors provide new strategies for

(1) Avoiding confrontations, defusing difficult situations, and encouraging honest communication.

(2) Empowering students by building their confidence and cultivating responsible behaviors.

(3) Getting students to complete homework assignments, come prepared, and stay on task.

(4) Working with parents and staff.

This timeless collection of innovative ideas and teacher-tested methods is an ideal "mentor-in-a-book" that educators will use again and again throughout their careers.

The Homework Myth

The homework MythA compelling exposé of homework – how it fails our children, why it's so widely accepted, and what we can do about it.
Death and taxes come later; what seems inevitable for children is the idea that, after spending the day at school, they must then complete more academic assignments at home. The predictable results: stress and conflict, frustration and exhaustion. Parents respond by reassuring themselves that at least the benefits outweigh the costs.
But what if they don't? In The Homework Myth, Alfie Kohn systematically examines the usual defenses of homework – that it promotes higher achievement, "reinforces" learning, teaches study skills and responsibility. None of these assumptions, he shows, actually passes the test of research, logic, or experience.
So why do we continue to administer this modern cod liver oil – or even demand a larger dose? Kohn's incisive analysis reveals how a mistrust of children, a set of misconceptions about learning, and a misguided focus on competitiveness have all left our kids with less free time and our families with more conflict. Pointing to parents who have fought back – and schools that have proved educational excellence is possible without homework -- Kohn shows how we can rethink what happens during and after school in order to rescue our families and our children's love of learning.